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Campus life rated at the 373 Best Colleges

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The Princeton Review's sprawling guide to the 373 Best Colleges does more than judge schools on their academic experience. Since the guide offers a student's eye view of college, campus and off-campus life matters as much as the quality of classes, faculty and libraries.

In keeping with the somewhat irreverent spirit of The Princeton Review - the test prep company that maintains that the only thing the SAT measures is how well you take the SAT - the campus life categories in The 373 Best Colleges are sometimes opinionated, as the sampling below should indicate.

The Princeton Review's high and low points of collegiate life

Campus life

Happiest students: Brown University, Providence, R.I.
Least happy students: Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.

Most beautiful campus: Sewanee – The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
Least beautiful campus: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.

Dorms like palaces:
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Dorms like dungeons: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala.

Best campus food: Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me.
Is it food?: United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Party school: University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Stone cold sober: Brigham Young University

Most politically active:
American University, Washington
Election? What election?: Salisbury University, Salisbury, Md.

Most liberal students:
Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass.
Most conservative students: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging, clove-smoking vegetarians: Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution: Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.

Jock school: Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
Dodgeball target: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Off-campus life

Great college town: Columbia University and Barnard College, New York
College town not so great: Tuskegee University

Read more about the academic experience

For rankings of more schools in all categories, visit The Princeton Review's website.

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